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We asked some people who we know read a lot of Indian children’s and YA books to tell us about one (or more) really impressive book they read this year. We will be posting their replies over the rest of the month.

Tanu Shree Singh teaches in a college, blogs, reads insane amounts and, among many other things, runs a online group called the reading raccoons.

We are thrilled that Tanu has selected a Duckbill book, and we promise no arms were twisted–platypuses do not believe in list-fixing.

Tanu Singh

Talking of Muskaan by Himanjali Sankar is arguably the best YA read of 2014. It talks of teenage turmoil, fight to find one’s identity, sexuality, suicide and more such realities of the adolescent years without once getting overbearing or morose. The story opens with Muskaan’s friends finding out that she has attempted suicide. The friends then try to understand why, with each of them narrating their part. This is one of those books that stay with you, haunt you, and make you rethink.

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